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Amber Magic (Haven Series #1) [Kindle Edition]

B. V. Larson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The humans have no magic and are hunted for sport, but that is about to change. War is coming....

The Sun Dragon spawned nine lesser dragons which devoured their parent for the power the elder possessed. These young dragons fought for choice bits of the Sun Dragon, but each only managed to eat a portion, thus giving them specific powers. Over time, these foul dragons were hunted down and slain by heroes of old. When each body rotted away, nothing remained save for nine Jewels--each the lens of a dragon's left eye. These Nine Eyes, or Jewels, form the basis for all magic in the world.

The Haven Series is a fantasy epic about the Nine Jewels of Power, each of which represents a different form of magic. The Red Jewel, known as Sang, gives the wielder power over Blood Magic. The Blue, named Lavatis, can call the Rainbow and rules the Sky.

Amber Magic is a short introductory book in this epic series of fantasy novels by bestselling author B. V. Larson.


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  • File Size: 320 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SE7K12
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Indie Fantasy Series Start November 13, 2010
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I just completed Amber Magic and had to write a review. I had been in a paranormal romance phase for a year or so (besides my book club Best Seller Fiction books) and decided I was ready to go back to the Fantasy genre. What a find in this book.

Like most fantasy books, it has the magical creatures/races (fairies, elves, goblins, changelings, warrior/fighter type) and many other types I have never seen. This first book does well on developing the characters and giving you the background story. It was a little confusing for the first chapter or so, but when the Tale Spinner, Grudin shows up to give some much needed background, the plot and story just falls into place. I could not stop reading and have just now downloaded the next 3 in the series. It's not a really deep or detailed story, but quite entertaining and an easy read.

I won't give away too much: The River Folk have had a pact with the "magical" factions of fairies, elves,"Dark Ones" etc.. that they would supply 1/7th of their harvest once a year to be kept free of the tricks and devilment of the fairies and other magical beings. This pact is brokered by Myrrdin (a wizard type), but Myrrdin who performs the yearly ceremony is missing. This book is based on the lead up to whether the pact will remain intact and the fate of the humans in Riverton and the surrounding area. It's a "fantasy series", so you know what happens next. It's not the IF of the story, it's how the story is told kept me turning the pages.

Most fantasies have the good guys and the bad guys or some type of rift war between a couple of races. At the end of this book you begin learning what happens when that pact is broken. It is like all the magical beings are let loose and they "ALL" have declared open season on the human "River Folk.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine if you like Faeries January 3, 2011
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If you haven't read Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time: Eye of the World (EotW) this novella would be a great read. As it was, I couldn't help but draw comparisons between Rand and Brand, Perrin and Corbin, and Mat and Jak, the 3 main farm boys from EotW and Amber Magic respectively. Even the description of Corbin matches that of Perrin, so I keep forming the wrong mental images when reading Amber Magic.

The plot flows quickly and is interesting, but again, many plot aspects were too similar to EotW as well. I was waiting for Trollocs to enter the story line, sadly no Trollocs did, but there were Rhinogs. And we had Shades the fit the descriptions of the Myrdraal/fades.

I think if you are a person that likes the faeries and other magical folk, this would be a great read for you. I like the darker and less fantastical fantasy like George R. R. Martin. I think this book is worth reading, but I don't think I will read the rest of the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fantasy Adventure August 20, 2012
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After reading B.V.'s Star Force series and loving it, I was skeptical of an author being able to write fantasy as well as hard sci fi. To my pleasant surprise this book has inventive characters, an awesome setting, and very creative heroes and villains. Job well done. The first book is an excellent introduction to this world and sets the stage nicely without being too dark. Future books in the series become a little darker as they should. The only thing missing is a good map of the world we are traveling through.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, Integration of Folklore/Fantasy December 20, 2010
By JayC
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I almost enjoyed the book more for it's integration of different folklore than the story at first. Things like the Mari Lwyd (which I have only seen referenced in Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series before), Hern the Hunter (Herla), Old Hob, Oberon, etc... really cool to see those references worked in, although a bit disconcerting at first as I tried to reconcile the world he was creating with those types of references. It probably took a good two thirds of the book before I started to really get caught up.

A previous post somehow made the connection to Jordan's WOT series which really could not be further from the truth- in a superficial way, I suppose you could try to make the leap that the setup is similar to TEOTW, but really, trying to make that connection is sort of ridiculous at best. The series really stands on it's own from my perspective.

Once I got going, I thought it was a great piece of Indie fiction- I'm on to the next in the series and and looking forward to the completion of the series.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the worst fantasy story I've read March 28, 2011
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Though it is clumsily written, with paper-thin characters and spotty descriptions, this is not the worst fantasy story I've read.

Where should I begin? How about at the beginning: nothing much happens in the first several chapters, and the chapter breaks themselves seem random. There's no hint of an arc of a story, just half-hearted exposition breaking a flat narrative. This happened, then that happened, then another thing happened. It was a chore to make it anywhere near the first point of conflict in the story. Once there, it doesn't even feel like much of a conflict.

The pace quickens a bit in the fifth chapter, but still nothing much happens. The only thing drawing the characters on is a weak motivation: find some guy (we find out who he is in chapter eleven) who was supposed to be at this town to do some ritual, but hasn't shown up yet. The story wends its way on, meandering back and forth as the River Folk go up and down the river on their errand. A pair of dwarve... I mean "Battleaxe Folk" join the gang. The story plods along, punctuated by some actually interesting brief stories told by the female dwar... uh, I mean, "Kindred," as the Battleaxe Folk are also known.

An ancient Pact between the River Folk and the Battleaxe Folk and the Faeries is broken, and some bad Faeries do some bad things, and some good Faeries do some bad things, and the king of the Faeries helps the river folk. There's a big fight that lasts for a couple chapters and then... the end.

If an editor saw this book at all, they didn't spend much time on it. A few choice quotes:
"Six gray-furred kittens squirmed deliciously."
"After a precarious moment, he regained his feet, years of boating experience coming in to save him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Better at old school SyFy
I have read other Larson books and quite enjoyed them. This however is not my style. Wordy, not interesting to me. He is much better at pure SyFy.
Published 7 months ago by clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fast moving tale with some interesting non-human characters. Moving on to the next book.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not finish
I tried so hard to find something I could grasp onto just to carry me forward, but after slogging through several chapters I was done.
Published 9 months ago by ravenous reader
5.0 out of 5 stars This series stays true to actual faery lore in a ...
This series stays true to actual faery lore in a world where the fae are dominant and people are few. Read it and you'll be hooked.
Published 9 months ago by sci fi fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This was a fine, light book to read. It has an interesting if not breathtakingly original premise and flows smoothly to carry the reader along.
Published 11 months ago by Patrick R Burns
3.0 out of 5 stars Amber Magic
Nice change for me.
Call it a brain cleaner from other more intence reads.
Easy to follow. I've read better.
Published 16 months ago by Murray Wiens
3.0 out of 5 stars OK!!!
Not overly thrilled with the Haven Series. It had positive moments of good writing, but I feel the author failed to capture all that could have been with extremely short novels.
Published 17 months ago by JC Hooker
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow at first, but then enthralling.
The first couple of chapters are a bit slow as the character types and the environment are introduced. Then the action fires up, and the tale begins. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bruce Neville
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I will never recommend this book or any other book since Amazon makes it impossible to read the next book without having to go through all this I give it a zero.
Published 21 months ago by Tom t
5.0 out of 5 stars Amber Magic
This rating system requires to many words no wonder it takes so long for me to get around to doing it.
Published 23 months ago by lindamc
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More About the Author

B. V. Larson is the bestselling author of over thirty novels and has sold well over a million copies. He's published both as an independent and as a traditional author. Several of his books have reached the top 10 bestseller list of all books on Amazon. He writes in several genres, but most of his work is Science Fiction. Twenty of his books have been professionally produced as audio titles, and they're available in print, ebook or audiobook form. Five of them have been translated into other languages and distributed by major publishers in foreign countries. He writes college textbooks in addition to fiction, and his three book series on computer science is currently in its fifth edition.

For more information check out the author's Homepage: BVLarson.com


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